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Now that you’re familiar with the concepts of and the criteria for Discourse Community, let’s dive in and begin that mode of intercommunication!

For Essay 3, you’ll be creating a tutorial for a Discourse Community. The tutorial can be written or via video (since many DCs engage in multiple genres of intercommunication), and must “teach” a specific Discourse Community member how to do something that is valued within the DC.

Here’s the catch: you must be a member (and most likely an expert member) in order to teach novices how to do something within this community.

It should go without saying that you’ll use the lexis for said DC to align with the level of membership for the tutorial (<link is hidden> the novice tutorial would introduce terms, tools, or foundational ideas to the DC, and not making the assumption that the audience is familiar or knows some of the terms you’re using or that they may understand issues or ideas that haven’t already been articulated. I’d recommend acknowledging specialized language, using research to cite and support ideas presented, and including a Works Cited when using those sources so that novices can see where else they can go for more guidance on the topic).

To be clear: in order to create a tutorial on an idea/task/skill for a specific DC, the creator of the tutorial must already be an expert in this DC, right? How else would they understand the complexities of the DC’s goals, values, lexis, and modes of intercommunication?

Choose a Discourse Community in which you reside (have membership) or which you have been in but may not participate in anymore. An example could be a specific sport: the beginner tutorial would demonstrate in a step-by-step manner the correct form for shooting a free-throw. The video would explain what a free-throw is, what it does, when it occurs, why it’s important to ALWAYS make them, and then would instruct the novice on how to do it: hand placement on the ball, footwork, how to line up at the free-throw line, the rules regarding the free-throw line, visualization techniques, whether to hit the backboard or go for the rim (duh, beginners should bank it because they’ll have more success). The basics. This was an example; do not use my example to create a tutorial.

Clearly, the audience for these tutorials will be people just beginning in this skill/idea/practice, and so the tone, complexity, language use, and time spent engaging in the ideas/skills should reflect that audience.


1. The tutorial must engage a novice member of a Discourse Community in either a ten minute or more video (please, if you can utilize YouTube, do so: that video compression service is much easier for me to access, otherwise it can take twenty minutes or more to upload your videos), or an essay of at least four pages in length. As always, that page length does not include the Works Cited page.

2. If the tutorial uses outside sources to make points, then citations should be used and a Works Cited page needs to be included. Do not make the mistake of overlooking the research completed to support the ideas presented in the tutorial. There is no minimum research requirement, though please be aware of the audience for the tutorial with regard to research: a novice will want to continue to find ways to learn more, and a solid Works Cited page is a great way for them to be introduced to more information about something they’re newly passionate about!

3. The format for the tutorial (video or paper) can be ANYTHING: YouTube, Prezi, PowerPoint, a wiki, Twitch, a blog–any format that aligns with the expectations of the DC. Please note: a PowerPoint is meant to be short and free from lots of words (it’s essentially a fancy outline–I don’t recommend using it to really get into the complexities of ideas needed to teach someone how to do something).

4. Due by April 1st at 11:59 PM

HINT: choose something you’re passionate and knowledgeable about, and think about how you might teach someone how to do this thing/hone this skill. Pay careful attention to the steps you show, the language used for the group you’re advising, and the method by which you share this information (genre). The subject matter can be practically anything:

How to tie flies, field dressing a deer, patching a hole in a wall, painting a bathroom, cooking a dish, decorating a cake/cupcakes/cookies, how to check a patient’s insulin, how to bake a loaf a bread (sourdough was a pandemic favorite this year), how to make kombucha, how to create a Works Cited page in MLA format in Microsoft Word (because duh, this class is a DC)–any step-by-step approach to a specific task, skill, or activity that appeals directly to the specific discourse community audience: hunters, people who fly fish, DIYers, home bakers, nurses, homesteaders, gamers, and all other manner of Discourse Communities (and remember, the tutorials HAVE to be for a specific Discourse Community, not just a group of people with shared interests; the group has to meet Swales’ six criteria).

EXTRA CREDIT: for up to an additional five extra credit points, write a reflection on your process in creating these tutorials from the foundation of the ideas and research to execution. Why did you choose the genre you did? What setbacks did you predict for yourself? How did you plan for success? What were you excited about? Why did you choose this group? What’s your background in this DC? This reflection/self-analysis should be at least three pages in MLA format, uploaded at the time the assignment is due

Please also write down the reflection
Use 5 pages for the essay and 3 for refection thank you.

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